100-level apartment tower planned for Gold Coast's Southport CBD

The residential tower at 1 Park Lane will deliver 197 apartments to the city centre and will feature a range of resort-style resident amenities and topped by three two-storey penthouses
100-level apartment tower planned for Gold Coast's Southport CBD
The towering 100-level development and 60-level office tower. Image supplied
Joel Robinson September 2, 2022

Southport is set to see one of the tallest towers ever built in Australia.

A consortium of highly experienced Australia property industry specialists has lodged a development application to create two towers, a 100-level residential tower and an adjoining 60-level office tower, in the heart of the Southport CBD.

The project is being led by experienced developer Baracon and Melbourne-based funds manager Payton Group, who had Australian architect BKK draw up the plans for the Park Lane project.

The residential tower at 1 Park Lane will deliver 197 apartments to the city centre and will feature a range of resort-style resident amenities and topped by three two-storey penthouses.

100-level apartment tower planned for Gold Coast's Southport CBD

The 60-storey office building will inject up to 12,000 sqm of office space amid a looming shortage of prime A-grade space on the Gold Coast, with the project set to become the most significant new office development in the city in more than a decade.

The twin towers are connected by an artistic moulded base canopy three storeys high over an open public realm and a skybridge at level 22 that will create a striking architectural feature for the development while providing a primary structural purpose that ties the buildings together.

The skybridge will become a key feature of the development in its own right by offering additional landscaped areas as well as a restaurant, function space and bar that can be  accessed by residents, office workers and the broader community.

100-level apartment tower planned for Gold Coast's Southport CBD

BKK Architect Simon Knott sees 1 Park Lane as a major catalyst that will inspire a new wave of developments in Southport.

“This is an exciting project that will capture the imagination of the occupants, the wider community, and the industry more broadly. We are delighted to have the opportunity to be involved.” Knott said.

“Southport has been primed for a development like this for some time. It has everything going for it, but with so many dormant sites in the CBD it has been a sleeping giant for too long. This development will activate a site that has been underutilised for years.

100-level apartment tower planned for Gold Coast's Southport CBD

“The 1 Park Lane proposal will bring to the market a broad range of apartments that will have direct access to extensive public amenities in the area, including the light rail, Australia Fair shopping centre and access to CBD facilities and the Broadwater Parklands.

“Our consultant team’s research also shows that the office tower will be a significant driver of economic activity in its own right.”

It’s estimated 1 Park Lane will accommodate up to 500 employees in the office tower and 580 residents in the main tower, while the project is expected to create about 1,000 jobs alone during construction.

The twin-tower development will feature significant sustainability initiatives including a photo electric solar cell wall to the west face, which will harness the energy provided from the sun for reuse within the apartment building.

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is the Editor in Chief at Urban.com.au, managing Urban's editorial team and creating the largest news cycle for the off the plan property market in the country. Joel has been writing about residential real estate for nearly a decade, following a degree in Business Management with a major in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University in England. He specializes in off the plan apartments, and has a particular interest in the development application process for new projects.

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